Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I think , after having visited other cedar glades, that I still
prefer the first one I found, out of the way, no public access,
nameless until I named it not only for the street I live on,which
dead ends into the western border of it, but a strange daisys unique
to cedar glade margins in this area if not to this glade alone.
Daisy Trail Glade is home to many unique and endangered plant
species, here are some pics from Daisy Trail Cedar Glade taken
on a breezy spring day.

1. Namesake daisy, she is very tender, not your roadside daisy,
a pale blush pink,and a much different branching habit, with a
single flower at the end of each segment of stem. name unknown.

2.Glade Sandwort, single specimen showing the leaflessness
and bridal spray form,these sprout from a tine cold weather
rosette that dies away.

3.4. the glade sandwort smells every bit as sweet as the
Nashville mustard, leavenworthia stylosa,and makes just
as extravagant a show as it carpets the glade in white.

5.6. small skullcap, it is blooming profusely throughout.

7.8. SUPRISE!! Daisy trail cedar glade does indeed support them!
picture proof!, and they are being run down each year by atv's! Shooting stars, Dodecathion, what beautiful color and pattern,
i found one which turns some if its flowers upright and splays the petals out
flat, unusual.

13.14. Pale blue eyed grass is peeping out at you all over.

15.16. up close and personal with tennessee milkvetch,
astragalus tennesseensis.

17.18. up close and personal with eastern white flower
beardtongue, penstemon.

19. even common buttercups are more beautiful here with
all these showy friends!

20. Yellow star grass Daisy trail form, note the differences
between these and the ones at couchville glade,these are
much more slender and less furry.

21.22. Violet woodsorrel, tennessee shamrocks.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

On a lovely sunny spring day I decided to visit Couchville cedar glade,
The ground was spongy and the flowers were going nuts in the moist
spring weather, I'd like to share some photos with the world , heres
a list from top to bottom of the previous post-

1&2 . Rose Vervain In Situ, you have probably seen this one in the
garden somewhere but this is its natural habitat.

3. A very vibrant spring moss is flourishing near the creek.

4. Violet Wood Sorrel, also glade shamrock.

5. Stinky,my rat terrier,and mother of the percy preist lake monster, enjoys the smell of Nashville breadroot ,
apparently she can detect a scent i cannot, this plant has
an aromatic and edible "potato" from which it sprouts 6 inches underground
that was once eaten by native peoples.

6. White form leavenworthia stylosa , and a whopper too!

7.The glade shimmers in the sunlight with all of the recent rain,
and the creek which goes dry in summer is flowing full.

8.Glade Phacealia, something about the way they all stand up so straight ,
they seem enthusiastic.

9. soft woodland spurge, very unique, she has cousins all over the world,including
the euphorbs ,a common cacti like plant from africa.

10.Pale Blue Eyed Grass, I adore this plant, it is actually in the iris family.

11.Here comes the green, hushing over the starkness of winter.

12. Cedar Glade Phaecelia

13&14.Check out these Hoary Puccoons, aren't they cute? i have never seen these
in the wild before today.

15,16&17. Hypoxis Hirsuta, yellow eyed grass or yellow stargrass,
it is quite prolific here in couchville glade ,elsewhere it may be sparse
when present.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I often use the photos i take in the glades in my artwork,
i will show several of those here, This one I have entitled
"spirits of the stone", using natural textures that reminded
me of faces this one only required minimal alteration to
bring out the "spirits".

please click and enlarge the images

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Sunday in Daisy trail glade was certainly color coordinated!
we had soft pastels and bright hues of many colors, heres a few photos
I'd like to share with everyone!
1. Nashville breadroot, up close .

2. Rose Vervain in situ

3. southern ragworts

4. fossil, fish? crab? plant? invertebrate?

5. shellbark hickory growing on a rock

6. the percy preist lake monster!!

7. crows foot phlox in all its pastel glory

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Daisy Trail Cedar Glade April 2, 2009.

Still getting the hang of how these posts come out, please bear with me!
I bring you some lovely photos of Daisy Trail cedar glade, which is about 3000 from my front door, so you will see me visit here often, I have almost come to think of it as an extension of my own garden, and so have my dogs Stinky and Little Buddy, the rat terriers , they love to swim in the lake which is only 500 feet or so from the edge of this glade(thanks google earth for the measurements!) and frolic in the sunny glades, we try to go every weekend, unless its recently rained in
1. daisy trail glade the summer as this glade houses
poisonous snakes!!!
2. White trout lily

3.they have so much fun here!

4.Stress in the up heaving fold of limestone that creates the limestone glades.

5.Fragrant Sumac, a glade only endemic.

6.Crows Feet, such a lovely blue lavendar.

7.young Frasera rosettes enliven the forest nearby

8. American Colombo, Frasera Caroliniensis

9. HUGE rue anemone!! the large bic lighter for scale, this was the only plant like it
and the double flowers must have been 2 inches across, I love how this species varies so.

10. Nothoscrodum bivalve, actually lilicae, although it resembles allium.

11.false garlic, nothoscrodum bivalve.

Sun Drenched Islands in the Dark Cedars

You may have encountered a cedar glade before if you enjoy walking through the woods in the Nashville Tennessee area, you would have been walking along through the cedars and would have come to a clearing, upon passing through you may have noticed how hot and dry it was,if in summer,or how wet and spongy the limestone gravel was ,if in winter.You may have had many of my own first thoughts , wondering "is this an old lot? perhaps and old road of some sort long degraded" before you started to notice plants you hadn't ever seen in your life,even though you've lived your entire life in the Nashville area, and if you had been lucky enough to happen across one during spring bloom time you'd notice the rainbow of colors blooming on those never before encountered plants, what an exiting place these glades can be!
In truth that place you thought may have been an old lot is a natural limestone clearing, Sometimes tens of thousands of years old , old enough for the plants there to adapt to their unique micro climate.
It's feasible to think that these places have been visited by animals and humans alike, for thousands upon thousands of years, being a natural clearing where one could camp or simply gaze up at the sky,and the way it seems so much bigger in the glades somehow, you can see the whole milky way sparkling there on a clear summer night, these places truly are a gift of natural beauty and diversity and a testament to the strength of life and its ability to adapt.

Sadly most of this rare ecosystem has been lost forever ,and some endemic plants are either extinct or severely endangered, in the past they have been built on ,dumped in,and covered over with rubble, they are inundated by man made lakes and torn apart by people with atv's and four wheelers who do not realize what they are doing.
There may be less than 10% of what cedar glade
there was before the Nashville basin was settled, and that continues to shrink even today, So lets educate our friends in the world of horticulture about our cedar glades.

Here are some resources for Cedar Glade Research:

Cedar Glade Endemic Plants

Center for Cedar Glade Studies

Cedar Glade Wikipedia